…According to Beck, Wilmington is a town of about 12,500 people, with about 7,500 people unemployed. Beck’s appearance there is supposedly an attempt to help out Wilmington. His website states that the “net proceeds” from the expensive tickets ($500 to “meet and greet” Beck or $125 to watch his radio show broadcast or his “America’s First Christmas” show) will go to “local non-profits” in Wilmington. But the bottom line is that it’s unlikely the very people Beck is supposedly there to help will be able to afford to see the show that’s there to help them.
Presumably, Beck is hoping that some of his well-heeled fans will arrive in town and spend lots of dough elsewhere in Wilmington besides just in Beck’s coffers. But those fans may be a tad peeved to find out that they have been deceived if they believed Beck’s description of Wilmington as a town that rejected federal assistance.
As Media Matters reported, Beck has touted Wilmington as having “turned to faith, hope, charity” rather than “looking for a handout.“ The reality? Not so much. Media Matters said:
Wilmington and its surrounding county have, in fact, received $6 million worth of federal funds via the 2009 stimulus bill; a bill that Beck, of course, has derided as evil and un-American. And as Politifact.org noted, in the wake of the DHL pull out of the area, Wilmington received $7 million in emergency federal funds.
So in total, approximately $13 million in federal funds have flowed into Wilmington in recent years. But Beck pretends the town isn’t accepting “any money from the government.”